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in las vegas and all around the country. but it's not only the furloughs at f.a.a., it's some of the programs that i've talked about and many more. we've seen the dire effects of these arbitrary budget cuts. and we have an obligation to stop them. that's why i'll soon ask i ask unanimous consent to take up and pass legislation that would block sequestration until the end of this fiscal year. until the first day of october. this would give us five months to sit down at the negotiating table and work out an agreement to reduce the deficit in a balanced way, a way that doesn't punish the american people and our economy in the meantime. legislation that i'm proposing is simple. and it deserves quick approval. -- no reason to go back even though i would agree to it, let's -- to the buffett rule, let's do some spending cuts, do some more cutting, we've tried that. it wouldn't work. let's try the flexibility. that also won't work because you're dealing with the same amount of money. so i would hope that this simple solution i'm suggesting will be supported by my republican friends. e
and for the american people. >> yesterday's faa's furlough produced the predicted flight delays, and senator mcconnell said as a result of the administration's poor planning and political motives were stuck op the tarmac. what's the reaction to that? >> i find it interesting the republican is decrying the sequester in the past that he support. it's a result. we made it clear that there looks like there would be negative effects if congress failed to take reasonable action to avert the sequester, policy that everyone who was involved in writing it knew at the time and was never designed to be implemented, but designed to be bad policy and to be avoided. the fact is that congress had an opportunity, but republicans made a choice, and this is a result of a choice they made to embrace the sequester as -- and i'm quoting republicans, a victory for the tea party and a home run. i don't know that they agree with it because they changed positions on sequester a variety of times in the last several months. it should have never been policy. president put forward a comprehensive balanced approach to defic
that faa staff have had to be furloughed, then you may well be looking for someone to blame. and luckily enough, republicans are at the ready and know exactly who's responsible. >> as a result of the administration's poor planning, i would argue political motives, thousands of people were stuck on tarmacs over the last few days. the faa's mismanagement of this issue is a source of bipartisan frustration. our goal here shouldn't be to score political points on the backs of weary travelers. it should be to fix the problem. >> let's see. our goal here shouldn't to be to score political points. since when did mitch mcconnell outgrow his need to scoring political points? and isn't this what republicans have been doing for the last five years? but today, this very broadcast, has become the victim of the ludicrous sequester. because we've been in discussions with representative january schakowsky of illinois, who this week is promoting a bill that would put 50,000 public servants, such as police officers and firefighters, back to work. it is the exact opposite of the sequester and seemed like a
i think has done a great job. he came in and he said hey, folks, i gotta tell you the faa is one of the biggest parts of the department of transportation. and they got nothing but people, you know. they don't have like battleships that can keep in port or whatever and we're going to have to cut x billion dollars whatever it is. the only way we can meet that goal is we're going to have to furlough. and most of our people -- so we have nothing but employees basically. most of our people or a good schaffer our people are air-traffic controllers so there is no way -- this is what lahood told us, told the world. there is no way that we can avoid this. therefore, no way to avoid what that's going to mean. three things, he said. delays in flights. cancellation of flights and shutting down some regional towers. and he appealed to his fellow republicans. he is a republican. was saying republicans cannot let this happen because they're going to suffer the consequences. of course people said they're just exaggerating. that's not going to happen. and then march 1 kicks in, the sequester kick
for more flight delays triggered by the sequester. some of the busiest airports fell behind schedule. faa furloughs went into effect leaving fewer air traffic controllers on the job and we have more from abc's matt gutman. >> reporter: the delays piled up in charlotte. waits up to 75 minutes at baltimore washington and at all three new york airports. >> when you have cuts like this, it's not good. it's one of the very few jobs, i think, that should not have one. >> reporter: the faa didn't mince words, blaming most of the backlog on federal budget cuts. the agency said, the crunch forced it to furlough its air traffic controllers one day every other week. it saves the agency nearly $640 million, but the faa says it could cost travelers 90-minute delays on 6,700 flights every day. and the early numbers show delays at baltimore washington anew york's laguardia, spiking fourfold over last monday. part of that could be weather related. but at other airports like philadelphia, not much change. to see for ourselves, we boarded a flight in miami for orlando. here's the confusing thing. the fligh
, and the other far right wingers wouldn't budge. and now the cuts are hurting air travelers. the faa has been forced to slash hours for 47,000 employees. including 15,000 air traffic controllers. and we're seeing airport delays all across the country. surely boehner and cantor are -- would be flying high. after all, they got those spending cuts they wanted to badly, didn't they? not quite. instead, they're still on the attack against the president. pushing the twitter hashtag obama flight delays. there it is tweeted by speaker boehner. majority leader cantor is on board, too. he's tweeting, why is president obama unnecessarily delays your flight? faa could have cut other spending. boarding call for mr. boehner and mr. cantor. you can't support something, then turn around and blame it on the president. any other ideas? >> it's time to cut spending here in washington. >> good one, mr. speaker. it's time to delay the takeoff of this hypocrisy. nice try, republicans. but we got you. suddenly, she does something unexpected and you see the woman you fell in love with. she's everything to you. but y
, as the faa furlough air traffic controllers. leading to reports of flight delays across the country but they suggest it's nothing more than a political strategy to get travelers to campaign to reduce the budget in other areas that would not delays passengers. some of the spending and $500 million they are spending, quote consultants or the $325 million for supplies and travel. there is the department of transportation $474 million grant program that promises to make communities more livable and sustainable. you may recall tsa, different agency but speaks to the spending that our government level, recently okayed a $50 million contract for new uniforms. that is a lot of dough. are we spending it well. so tsa is under dhs which is not the same, the point is just that they spend and they spend and they spend. they found $50 million to spend over the tsa and uniforms when it comes to air traffic controllers, now they to furlough and cut back? >> the numbers are all there. you laid out important numbers there. $474 million to make communities more livable through the faa, honestly, money
as the national transportation safety board takes a closer look at one fire in particular just days after the faa approved boeing's plan to get its fleet back in the air. dan springer is live in seattle. dan? >> reporter: yeah, jon. the faa approved the battery fix even as the company answers tough questions about the fire back in january that led to the dreamliner fleet getting grounded. the plane's lithium ion battery sured a short which led to the failure of all eight cells. boeing's new plan includes a redesigned battery that has more insulation between the cells to prevent what's called thermal runaway. the battery charger has been redesigned to reduce the total amount of energy in the battery so it doesn't work as hard, and it's going to be in a better steel containment box that won't allow oxygen to fuel a fire. the ntsb put boeing on the defensive this morning about its assumptions that turned out to be wrong. >> what we can't do is we can't account for every single possible method of short circuit, particularly what we would consider the unknown unknowns. >> reporter: boeing says it has
the president and congress. >> the faa blames the combination of staffing shortages and the weather for massive delays at major hubs. the agency claim it had no choice but to put 15,000 work order unpaid furloughs through october which means 10% fewer working each day. we know passengers are frustrated, of course, but so are those air traffic controllers who worry they're being used as political pawns of. >> the air traffic controllers have never been furloughed. they should not be furloughed now. >> the white house says the furloughs were unavoidable under the cuts originally supported by republicans and republicans simply say this. blame obama for delaying your flight. let's get a first class perspective on all of this from the "huffington post," howard fineman. did you see what i did there? >> i wish i could fly first. we don't. >> so howard, you know there is a difference between the reality of the situation and the perception of the reality of the situation. do you think that most people who are inconvenienced by this, waiting in longer security lines, do you think they're standing there w
? >> possible options for travelers now that it is day three of the faa furloughs longer airport wait time, longer tarmac wait time perhaps canceled flights all together. now they have filed a motion to place a moratorium on the rule saying airlines cannot let passengers remain on the tarmac for more than 3 hours. the motion notes 6700 flights will be delayed daily at 13 of the busiest airports now that the furloughs have started f. you add bad weather on ton of that it could get pretty ugly. if the tarmac rule does stay in place airlines may be forced to cancel flights and significantly disrupt travel plans. because they don't have the appropriate staff to go deal with the travel disruption. >> they are telling passengers there's always the bus. >> college, is it worth it or not worth it? >> there is a growing number of people saying it's not worth it. no longer guarantees success. even a good enough job where you make enough money to pay back your student loan. the average college grad is graduating with 28,000 in debt. that's why some high school grads are starting their own businesses
an advisory group. another thing that airline passengers might notice, longer flight delays. faa furloughing 10% of workforce because of federal spending cuts and causing delays of up to two hours at airports in los angeles, new york, and washington, d.c. our casey wian live with more on what's going on. what's going on, casey? >> reporter: wolf, another rough evening for travelers here at los angeles international airport. up to 80% of departures delayed, and 20% of arrivals, according to flightview.com. due to faa staffing issues, workforce reductions, that started sunday night. erin was on a flight sunday night from las vegas to l.a. little did she know, forced spending cuts began the same day, reducing the number of air traffic controllers on duty. the result? major flight delays. >> on an 8:25, and when i rebooked, our departure time, 1:45 a.m. a couple airline employees said it was due to fog, and a couple says it was due to sequestration. >> reporter: actually it was both according to air traffic union rep, who was working sunday night. there are four parallel runways that can operate
, i think they should furlough the president and congress. >> the faa claims it had no choice but to put 15,000 controllers on unpaid furloughs, which means 10% fewer of them working each day. that could mean delays of 3 1/2 hours in atlanta, two hours in chicago and 1 hour and 20 minutes in laguardia. the airlines are furious and argue there are other places to cut. >> the air traffic controllers have never been furloughed. they should not be furloughed now. >> the controllers complain they're being used as political pawns. >> it's the piece of sequestration that affects americans the most. and i don't think that it's fair that air traffic control, particularly air traffic controllers are being used as a pawn. >> ray lahood has a message. >> tell them to fix sequester, and this will go away. >> the administration seems to be saying that any solution to put the air traffic controllers to work must include an overall roll back of the sequester. which does not look like something that's going to happen any time soon. the next few months could be a nightmare for travelers. >> the
about. the faa, the fbi, national institutes of health. the best way that mitch mcconnell and republicans can help us deal with this, is to support our legislation that would replace the sequester in a balanced and targeted way. >> we all hear about budget cuts and maybe some jurisdictions are blame things on the sequester. but just the other night i heard from a former senate staffer, she's a mom, two little girls, about deep cuts which are shutting down right here in the district of columbia, all the musical, music and art teaching in a particular school, a very special school. so are jurisdictions beginning to blame this on the sequester? is this really the sequester kicking in? >> well, look, there's no free lunch at the end of the day. the reality is, we can and should make cuts wherever possible. if there's waste in the budget, it should be eliminated, we should find efficiencies. but as i indicated, two years ago we cut over $1.2 trillion from this whole portion of the budget. that goes to things like head start. that goes to early education. that goes to spe
in sunday for nearly 50,000 employees. the faa is required to cut $637 million from its budget by the end of september. >>> and at least another inch of rain is expected today in parts of an already flood-ravaged midwest. at least six rivers in northern illinois have surged to record levels and thousands of residents have been displaced. the governor declared 44 counties disaster areas. missouri's governor has also declared a state of emergency. >>> and some momentary shock today after this a.p. tweet was posted, claiming, quote, two explosions in the white house and barack obama is injured. it turns out that the a.p. account was hacked and the erroneous tweet was taken down minutes later. the dow plunged more than 100 points on the news but quickly regained the losses once it was deemed false. a group known as the syrian electronic army has claimed responsibility for this tweet. an fbi spokesperson tells cnn the fbi is now investigating that hack. wolf? >> lisa sylvester, thanks very >> lisa sylvester, thanks very much. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> new images of the shootout
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